Friday, August 16, 2013
"Boss Covers": THE WEEKEND MIX
I admit this is a bit of a mess. It was an afterthought once my first idea for the Weekend Mix fell through. It's not a bad afterthought, really. It just could have been executed a tad better.
That live cover of Sting's "I Hung My Head" needed to be part of a mix, and with the comments the other day about Bruce making so many covers his own, I...well...you get the picture.
The sound fluctuates, raging from good audience recordings to great soundboards and a little bit of everything else in between. It's mostly a volume thing.
Since many of the Boss's covers are played as encores, you will hear things like, "This is the last one of the night" more than twice.
The sequencing is odd in that a song will end and Bruce will intro the next song which won't come. So, "Ladies & Gentlemen, Billy Joel" never happens and his story about meeting Ron Kovic precedes a song recorded 5 years before meeting Ron Kovic.
Finally, I apologize for including the Apollo Medley from the Apollo Theatre. I remember enjoying immensely when I first heard it, especially Bruce's introduction. This time around, while listening to the test run, it seems like a major speed bump. Maybe you will feel differently.
That said...this mix is still a blast if you crank it up. I'm sure most of this is old news to the diehards, but at least it's all in one spot, even if it isn't definitive.
"Angel Eyes" from the Frank Sinatra birthday tribute is a highlight, as is "Rag Mama Rag."
"Dirty Water" is only a teaser and "Tell Me Why" is a sloppy joy that I witnessed personally in Atlantic City. It also contains some of Max's worst drumming.
Mountain Of Love
Tell Me Why
Rag Mama Rag
Ballad Of Easy Rider
The Last Time
When I Grow Up
I Want You
I Hung My Head
Higher & Higher